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Office of Charter Schools

6303 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-6303  •  919.807.3491

WEEKLY NEWSLETTER  –  March 25, 2016

Upcoming Events

April 6-7, 2016

State Board of Education Meeting

April 11-12, 2016

Charter Schools Advisory Board Meeting

April 16,  2016

SECU Scholarship Information due to Office of Charter Schools


NCDPI Office of Charter Schools (OCS) Updates



Collaborative Conference for Student Achievement Conference (CCSA) Presentation Overview

The CCSA featured an array of professional development and information sessions for educators, policy makers, innovators and community members who had an interest in innovative practices to improve educational outcomes for students of today and tomorrow.



Attached below are some of the presentations offered during the focus sessions hosted by OCS. If you missed the sessions, you missed a treat!  OCS plans to continue offering sessions that provide information updates and other professional development opportunities for charter schools.



Attachment:   OCS Focus Session Presentations

In Case You Missed It

NC Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) Updates



Exceptional Children's (EC) Related Services Workforce Survey


The NCDPI EC Division is conducting a survey of existing related services resources to support charters and districts as they recruit and retain qualified related services staff. 


The attached Excel tool is to assist with calculating IEP hours per week on the Related Services Workforce Survey. A few sample frequencies are included as examples. This can be used for the individual therapist, school, or entire charter or district for each discipline. For speech services, please include BOTH primary and related service students in your calculations.


The survey closes April 30, 2016. If you have any questions, please contact Lauren Holahan at or (919) 428-7201.

Attachments:     Memo-Related Services Workforce Survey 2016


                            Survey Roster


Mathematics Professional Development Opportunity - Significant Cognitive Disability




Please see the attached regarding Significant Cognitive Disability Foundations of Math (SCDFM) professional development opportunity.  The registration deadline is April 10.



If you have any questions, please contact Ronda Layman at or 919 807-4059.



Attachment:    Significant Cognitive Disability Foundations of Math PD

Multi-Tiered System of Support

Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS) - Integrated Academic and Behavior Systems



The MTSS vision cast by NCDPI Division Directors is that “Every NC Pre K-12 public education system implements and sustains all components of a Multi-Tiered System of Support to ensure college and career readiness for all students”. How will this occur? The key is to implement slowly and systematically. Successful implementation and sustainability of this work is directly linked to the extent the state, district and charter school leaders start slow and intentionally build a system of support for all staff and all students. MTSS professional development introduces the concept of R= MC2, which translates to: Readiness=Motivation x General Capacity x Intervention-Specific Capacity.  


Eight NC Charter Schools are currently involved in the professional development and coaching of Cohorts 1 and 2.


The MTSS team is strategically developing supports for all districts, charter schools, and state-operated programs based on research around readiness, implementation capacity, and sustainability so this MTSS vision can be achieved.


To learn more about implementation capacity go to:, and read the article at:


We will build an MTSS framework together! 


“If you want to go fast, go alone. If  you want to go far, go together. “  - Unknown

New Exceptional Children's (EC) District 5 Monitoring Consultant and Policy, Monitoring & Audit Program Assistant

Attached is the announcement of Kristi Harris as the EC District 5 Monitoring Consultant and Cynthia Padgett as the Program Assistant for the Policy, Monitoring, and Audit section.



Attachment:      New Employee Announcement




Textbook Evaluation Advisors Needed for Health and Social Studies



Highly motivated, experienced teachers and instructional leaders are needed to work with the NC Textbook Commission to review and evaluate books and materials to ensure they align with the NC Standard Course of Study for Health and the NC Standard Course of Study for Social Studies.



The evaluation will take place July 18 - 22. Advisors will receive training beginning July 17 on how to review textbooks and instructional materials using criteria developed by NCDPI.



Interested content area teachers must be certified in health or health/physical education or social studies for the grade level/course for which they are assigned to evaluate textbooks. Interested exceptional children teachers must have knowledge of the content and work with students in these content areas. Interested ESL teachers must be NC certified in English as a Second Language (K-12) and work with the grade level for which they are assigned to evaluate textbooks. Areas of vacancies in each content area are listed in the attached flyers.



Interested teachers and instructional leaders are invited to apply by completing an interest form no later than April 15. A candidate will need a signed letter of endorsement on official letterhead from his/her principal/district curriculum leader. Details about criteria for selection and the links for interest forms are in the attached flyers. Questions may be directed to Teresa Parker.




Attachments: Social Studies Textbook Evaluation Flyer.pdf

                        Health Textbook Evaluation Flyer.pdf

Home Base Pricing for 2016 - 17



Please see the attached memo regarding Home Base pricing for districts and charter schools for the 2016 - 17 school year.



Attachment:  Home Base Pricing for 2016-17

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